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Sweet Melissa's Cafe

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1625 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4402 (Casa Ybel)
+1 239-472-1956
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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101 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The small plates are fantastic. We had duck confit that was to die for! Kale, pomegranate, fettuccini, wonderfully cooked duck no heaviness whatsoever. Great broth. The five jars were a hit with us. Mullet fish spread, chicken liver spread, chow chow, duck fat with strawberry jam, goat cheese and pimento. Good wine list. Excellent servers. Wonderful attention to detail. Homemade... More 

Thank ValleyFor
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We don't get out to Sanibel that often but we always manage to visit Sweet Melissa's at least once a year. This is by far one of our favorite restaurants. Their menu is interesting and different and if you're a foodie you'll love it as much as we do. There were four of us in our party and every one... More 

Thank Donald D
Centerport, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Sat on the porch and enjoyed a well-crafted meal served by a friendly staff. Felt they were genuinely interested in doing whatever would help us enjoy the experience.

Thank srib56
Edgartown, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I was really looking forward to dinner. Upon arrival we were notified that the whole place was in the weeds. Not a comfort greeting. We were stuck at a 2 top in a corner of the bar with the patio door right behind us. In out,in,out......very chilly. The man next to us had enough cologne on for the whole place!... More 

Thank 477foodlover
Sanibel Island, Florida
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A very lovely valentine dinner enjoyed at Sweet Melissa's. Our waitress, Helen, was very sweet and knowledgeable. I enjoyed the special and my husband enjoyed the scallops. The atmosphere on the patio is lovely. Definitely look forward to another special occasion dinner at Sweet Melissa's.

Thank kculp100
Perkasie, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed the mussels and frites and my husband had the crabcake sandwich. We chose to each in the patio and found it delightful. The service was good and the waitress was attentive. Well done!

Thank Louise D
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28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Decided to upgrade and treat myself at Sweet Melissa's! Customer service was outstanding. Food presentation was very picturesque. I ordered the hamburger and it was embraced in a bib lettuce leaf with onion strings atop on what appeared to be a brioche bun.

Thank sgiannone
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I were really looking forward to visiting this restaurant! There are so many great reviews of it! This is the only restaurant we went to off of the South Seas Island Resort and it was very disappointing. The food was not that great the service wasn't that great and we were really underwhelmed. It was definitely the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Drove past this restaurant many times so finally tried it. Very good and extensive menu served by wonderful waitresses. The staff love this place and you will too. This is high end food in beach country. They serve half portions of mains. New to me but it means you can enjoy your appetizer and your main without leaving half behind... More 

Thank David K
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had lunch there and my husband had the best mussels he's ever had! We live in the Pacific Northwest where we get good seafood so this is quite a compliment. I had a delicious mahi-mahi sandwich, and we plan to eat there again before we leave Sanibel!

Thank Sue M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1625 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-4402
    (Casa Ybel)
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sanibel Island
  • Phone Number: +1 239-472-1956

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Germantown, Maryland
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?